“Sometimes you pick up a hand that looks small but, as the auction proceeds, it can grow.”
Source: Mr Bridge
Sometimes you pick up a hand that looks small but, as the auction proceeds, it can grow. In a money game as dealer at game all, you pick up:
The hand is weak but you bid 4last time as your prospects seem to have improved. It is your turn again after 5from LHO and two passes. Well, you have only a queen but partner has bid twice vulnerable and is favourite to be 5-6 in the blacks. You try 5 bravely, which RHO doubles on the way out. This is the full deal:
5 makes easily and 5will make too if you miss your club ruff. Your hand grew in value once you knew that partner had a black two-suiter, so do not underbid just because it is small!
Still in a money game, you pick up:
This is typical, another small hand! Your gloom is short-lived when your partner deals and opens 2 (your big bid). You respond 2(negative/waiting) dutifully and partner surprises you again by re-bidding 2. Now it is time to re-evaluate. Partner has announced a game-forcing hand with hearts as its primary suit. In that context, your hand has become very powerful as you have four-card trump support and a singleton. Do not underestimate the power of this hand. Best is 3, a ‘splinter bid’ showing a spade shortage and good heart support. Partner next bids 4 as a cuebid; now you have nothing more to say so should sign off in 4. To your surprise, partner leaps to 6! Fear not, the full deal:
South was in fact looking for a grand slam with his 4 cue-bid. Once he heard you show your spade shortage, he knew that the small slam was a virtual certainty. Now that you are getting the idea:
Partner opens 1and RHO overcalls 1. You pass and LHO passes too. Partner bids 3 and RHO passes. It looks natural to give preference to three hearts, but think! Re-evaluate your hand. You have three-card support when you might not have and you have a useful card in partner’s second suit so you should take the pressure off partner and bid 4. The full deal:
As you can see, partner really does not have anything special for his actions and 4is a great contract, making easily with the even heart break. So remember; be prepared to re-evaluate your hand as the auction progresses and ‘don’t underbid small hands’.
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